Giniel De Villiers and the Toyota South Africa Imperial Dakar Rally team did not have much of a New Year. The Dakar Rally engines started on the 1st of January 2012 and the team spent just more than 2 weeks in the world’s toughest endurance rally. The Dakar is not only an extreme physical race but also mentally, one of the biggest challenges for the team was the Toyota Hilux 2012 with which they achieved a 3rd place win.
The Toyota Hilux adhered to the strict technical specifications that will come into effect in the Dakar 2013 rally. In essence the Toyota Hilux were the underdog in the race due to the choice to stick to the 2013 Dakar Technical Specifications, some of the other cars in the Dakar Rally were much more powerful although not technical correct according to the 2013 standards.
The Toyota Hilux 2012 is one “Tough” Pickup
The proof is in the pudding, or in this case the proof is in the Dakar 2012 Rally History Books. The Toyota Hilux 2012 proofed itself as one of the toughest pickups in the world. According to Giniel de Villiers they did not have any trouble with their Toyota Hilux. Before the race he were worried about the capabilities of the Toyota Hilux and said to Glyn Hall team manager – “I just told him to make sure all the nuts and bolts were in place” – Giniel De Villiers.
Not only were the Nuts and Bolts in place but the Toyota Hilux 2012 made it from underdog to one of the best of the best!
Video: Dakar Winner Giniel De Villiers Proud South African Dakar Winner
In this short
Giniel De Villiers thanks his team for their great performance and support. Proud to bring another Dakar Trophy back to South Africa.
Giniel De Villiers: at the Press Conference at OR Tambo International airport. The 2009 Dakar champion, finished third in the Dakar 2012 Rally, the all-SA pairing of Duncan Vos and Robert Howie taking 11th place in the cars category.
Dakar 2012 South African Hero welcome
The Dakar South African team arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday, the 17th of January 2012 where they received a hero’s welcome. There were a couple of hundred Dakar South African Supporters waiving South African and Toyota South Africa flags. Two large banners greeted them at the arrivals terminal, one reading “Congratulations” and the other “Welcome Home Boys”.
The Team members looked tired and one could see the toll and strain of the past two weeks on them. The Dakar Rally is not the toughest rally in the world for nothing, although tired the team were in Good Spirits and excited about the big welcome they received!
Giniel De Villiers, Duncan Vos, Robert Howie and Glyn Hall handed out signatures to excited fans and spent some time talking to supporters at the airport, where after a Press Conference were held at the Intercontinental Hotel at the Airport.
Toyota South Africa Press Conference Video:
Mr Calvyn Hamman and Leo Kok from Toyota South Africa welcomed the team and thanked them and the sponsors for their performance and support. You can watch the video from the Press Conference here:
The video of Mr
on the Dakar 2012 is also available on YouTube.
Video Glyn Hall Team Manager Dakar 2012 Imperial Toyota Team
Video of Glyn Hall talking at the Press Conference about the Dakar 2012 Rally
Images from the Dakar 2012 Welcome and Press Conference at OR Tambo Airport